Making a DIY Balloon Arch is MUCH Easier Than You Think!

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Making a DIY balloon arch for your celebrations isn’t as daunting of a task as you’d imagine.

woman holding up gold white and green balloon arch

Looking to get crafty for your next celebration?

On top of grabbing a smash cake, to celebrate my one-year-old’s big day, I decided to make my own DIY balloon arch! I ordered the kit from Amazon but I’m not going to lie; on the surface, this assembly looks super intimidating and difficult. However, it’s extremely simple!

This kit didn’t arrive with physical directions, which is why we’re showing you step by step. However, on the Amazon listing, it does have instructions and even a video you can watch for visual learners. Regardless, the setup is super simple, and you’ll have a grand balloon arch that’s going to blow your guests away in no time!

diy balloon arch supplies

Hip Tips for making a DIY balloon arch:

  • This kit comes with a super long balloon garland strip so you can make your arch whatever size you desire. Go nuts with a long train of balloons or simply cut to trim it shorter!
  • I don’t recommend blowing these balloons up yourself since there are so many balloons. My husband used an air compressor, but you could also use a pump or helium tank.
  • Since many people prefer shorter, thicker balloon arches, this kit does come with glue dots you can use to stick smaller balloons into the gaps to give a fuller appearance. Personally, I didn’t use the dots, but it is an awesome option for anyone wanting a broad balloon arch.

diy balloon arch supplies

garland strip

balloon garland strip

inserting balloon in garland strip

balloon arch in trunk

baby underneath diy balloon arch

DIY Balloon Arch




Blow up balloons using an air compressor. Tie each balloon and set it aside.


Starting in small sections (about one foot at a time), take out the balloon garland strip.


There are two holes, one big and one small. Grab each balloon’s tie and place it in the big hole. Move the balloon tie from the big hole into the small hole to ensure security. Repeat with each balloon.

If your balloon starts to slip out of the hole, push the knot all the way in so it’s tight and secure within the hole.


Continue until you reach the balloon arch length desired. While it’s optional, you could also stick smaller balloons within the gaps with the included glue tape to make the arch extra thick.


Display it where you please, and enjoy your beautiful DIY balloon arch!

family underneath diy balloon arch

Seems like the birthday boy enjoyed it!

With a smile like that, it seems like we did a great job! 😍 This was definitely a team effort that paid off. My husband and brother blew the balloons up, and all the kids passed me the balloons as I added them to the band. I definitely recommend getting your little ones involved. It makes the process quick and easy while getting everyone involved!

Let us know if you’ve ever made a balloon arch and any other Hip Tips you have to help us out!

Make sure you grab a FREE smash cake for a first birthday celebration!

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Comments 13

  1. Hardik Patel

    Thank you so much for sharing. I will make it for my daughter first birthday.

  2. Brittany

    Dollar Tree carries the plastic strip for those who may not want to order online. They have a few new, cool balloon items.

  3. Karen

    You can also make your own using PVC pipe and umbrella stands for the base. Tie two balloons together and then twist them around the PVC – it’s quick, easy and reusable :). We did this for a cheer competition and had each schools colors on the arch – it turned out fantastic

    • lori

      karen was it like a full arch that you did or a tabletop any pics you can send

  4. Earth day was last week

    Or we could find sustainable solutions. Latex is a finite resource.

    • Christine

      Being kind and not judging day is everyday🥰

      • Monique

        👍 courtesy seems to be a finite resource also lol 🤦‍♀️

  5. kimberlyb1225

    Does anybody know about how much time it takes to assemble the Amazon ones for 1 person?

    • Darla

      I would say about 2 hours on your own for your first one. I make them in an hour by myself now. They are really easy. Instead of tying each balloon, you can blow up two and tie them to each other then put in the strip. Saves some time.

    • Jackie

      I have made several ones and It’s super fast. The time consuming thing is inflating the balloons and tying them. I would say it took me around 15 min to set it up after I had all the balloons ready to go.

    • Erica (Silly Sidekick)

      Yes, I would say about 2 hours! It took me a little over an hour with a bit of help from my husband to blow the balloons up!

    • Betsy

      I did one for Christmas in an afternoon, about 4 hours.

  6. BCBC

    Took me an hr to blow up and put on strip, but another 45 minutes to get it to arch just right.

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